Warren Buffett: Anchoring

“Charlie is a huge believer in the idea that you don’t sit around sucking your thumb when something comes along that should be done that you pour into it. And that’s generally what we’ve tried to do. But there have been times — and it’s usually happened when I’ve started buying something at X and it went up to X plus an eighth or some intolerable amount like that — and I quit or waited for it to come back. And we’ve missed, in some cases, billions of dollars of profit because of the fact that I’d gotten anchored, in effect, to some initial price when I could have paid more subsequently and it really was inconsequential.” —Warren Buffett.